“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

Ease isn’t your friend. It’s your enemy.

It stands as a false ideal, something to aspire to have in the present, without having earned it.

And do we ever really earn ease?

Ease, laziness, they’re regression. They’re waste.

They rip from us our potential, and the life we can potentially create, and yet we constantly heed their siren-like call and settle into their grasp, ignorant of the fact that they oppose the act of living, they poison potential, they crush creation.

Ease isn’t an ally, it’s a devious, son-of-a-bitch of an enemy that clouds the true path.

It’s a path where we find what we’re made of, where we create something better than what we have, where we discover meaning, purpose, and pride.

It’s in struggle, strife, and pain, it’s in effort, hard work, and battle, that we create power.

Nothing good has ever come from a quest for ease. 

No growth, nor achievement, no success, nor wealth, nor happiness, nor peace, can come from laziness.

Then stop seeking it, and start finding a greater struggle, one worthy of your talents, one deserving of what you have the capacity to give.

Turn your back on laziness, fight the fear, set your sights higher, have the audacity to rise earlier and work harder and you’ll wake up one day in the near future with the pride and the peace and the understanding that you didn’t waste your days, that you lived them well, that you were here for a very good reason.

Ease isn’t your ally, it’s your enemy.